1 Corinthians 9
He sheweth his liberty,
1 Corinthians 9:1 Am I not free? am I not an apostle? have I not seen Jesus our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? 1 Corinthians 9:2 If to others I am not an apostle, yet at least I am to you; for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 9:3 My defence to them that examine me is this. 1 Corinthians 9:4 Have we no right to eat and to drink? 1 Corinthians 9:5 Have we no right to lead about a wife that is a believer, even as the rest of the apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 1 Corinthians 9:6 Or I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to forbear working?
and that the minister ought to live by the Gospel:
1 Corinthians 9:7 What soldier ever serveth at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 1 Corinthians 9:8 Do I speak these things after the manner of men? or saith not the law also the same? 1 Corinthians 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. Is it for the oxen that God careth, 1 Corinthians 9:10 or saith he it altogether for our sake? Yea, for our sake it was written: because he that ploweth ought to plow in hope, and he that thresheth, [to thresh] in hope of partaking. 1 Corinthians 9:11 If we sowed unto you spiritual things, is it a great matter if we shall reap your carnal things? 1 Corinthians 9:12 If others partake of [this] right over you, do not we yet more? Nevertheless we did not use this right; but we bear all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:13 Know ye not that they which minister about sacred things eat [of] the things of the temple, [and] they which wait upon the altar have their portion with the altar? 1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so did the Lord ordain that they which proclaim the gospel should live of the gospel.
yet that himself hath of his own accord abstained,
1 Corinthians 9:15 But I have used none of these things: and I write not these things that it may be so done in my case: for [it were] good for me rather to die, than that any man should make my glorying void. 1 Corinthians 9:16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this of mine own will, I have a reward: but if not of mine own will, I have a stewardship intrusted to me.
to be either chargeable unto them,
1 Corinthians 9:18 What then is my reward? That, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel without charge, so as not to use to the full my right in the gospel. 1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I was free from all [men], I brought myself under bondage to all, that I might gain the more. 1 Corinthians 9:20 And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, not being myself under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 1 Corinthians 9:21 to them that are without law, as without law, not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law.
or offensive unto any, in matters indifferent.
1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak: I am become all things to all men, that I may by all means save some. 1 Corinthians 9:23 And I do all things for the gospel's sake, that I may be a joint partaker thereof.
Our life is like unto a race.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run, that ye may attain. 1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth in the games is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 1 Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air: 1 Corinthians 9:27 but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.